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{ TREASURE } Found…

The hubster has recently made us 2 lovely tables for our home – one for the dining room & one for outdoor. He made both these tables from timber that has been lying around the factory (some inside, some outside in the elements) for 20+years….yip! They chopped down a European Walnut tree in their garden all those years back. The timber was chopped & stacked but no-one ever did anything more with it.

Now my beady eye sees { EVERYTHING } & I am fortunate enough to have the ability to see potential in old things so I “commissioned” the timber to be used for our tables. Some of the timber is worm eaten but I kinda dig the character of timber that is bashed around a little. I hate perfect looking timber with perfect grain & finish. I like a little roughness & natural oiled finishes – so the results are exactly what we wanted…

Now, you thinking WTF has this got to do with sewing??!! Ok, well in my scrounging around the factory, I came across this : thread_find

{ EXCITEMENT }  how amazing right?! The majority is really old Gütermann silk threads for buttons but there is quite a bit of cotton thread there too. We think they had something to do with either coats or jeans because the colours are all dark, muted tones (grey, dark greens, blues etc) with one or two brights mixed in.  The boxes are really old but there are no dates on them so we have no idea how old they are!! There was even a box of buttons (mostly black) and buckles so Im thinking coats or perhaps military wear??!

There was so much loveliness bundled up in one place I think my heart skipped a little beat. Lets say I wont be needing blue, brown or black thread for quite some time!

 

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pattern review · sewing

{ AMERSON UNDIES } The good, the bad & the ugly…

I learnt { BIG } lessons from my experience sewing the Amerson brooks. I had wanted to sew some sort of lingerie this year because I had never tried it before. These stole my heart at first sight. The good, the bad & the ugly should sum it up…but first :

amerson_undies_cottonsI used a soft ivory cotton lycra which was a scrap I picked up from a friend that worked at a well known lingerie company. I used the cotton lycra because its super silky soft and feels wonderful on the skin. I used 4 different coloured cottons for the top-stitch zigzag & button : a soft peachy pink around the waist, a lime green at the sides & crotch, bright yellow on the leg openings & a turquoise blue to attach the little button.  The cottons (part of a 30 pack of the sweetest colours) I purchased from Hema in Holland a few years back.

{ THE GOOD } They are sweet brooks, very comfie and fun. I have cheeky brooks in my armory but these are different, more bloomers if you’d like.

{ THE BAD } At first, I was a tad baffled as to which edge was the centre front and which was the centre back. I had to do some scratching but once I figured it out I marked the pattern for future & got on. TAKE NOTE : The side seam is the short straight edge, the waist is the longer straight edge!!  I also cut 2 pieces of the front in the same direction so I had to scrap one side & cut another. I wish the pattern layout would include a cutting layout for those that are using fabric with a definite right/wrong side. Its not the end of the world though…such a small piece is not going to kill me is it?! 🙂

{ THE UGLY } As I said, lessons! I learnt that I dont know much about sewing with elastic – in fact read, I know { BLOW ALL } about sewing with elastic!! The fact that my elastic was already parched should tell you how much I sew with elastic! I struggled to find the lengths in my trims tin to accommodate what was required to sew this because of the condition of my white elastic. Sure, I use elastic in a channel { OCCASIONALLY }but top stitching elastic like this equalled a disaster! By the second leg opening I had kinda found my groove but even then…it was not pretty!  It means I have much to learn about sewing with elastics and that I need to purchase some decent elastic & USE IT!

{ MORE UGLY } I also realised I think Im much bigger than I actually am. I cut out the XL thinking my ass was so big even the XL wouldnt fit. Well blow me down, I had to go back & adjust sides & waist because the XL was just far too big for me. Now, I dont usually  take much notice of size labeling because honestly, every pattern we are labeled a different size right. Going on the measurements, the L should have been my best fit but I think the fabric helped to make it seem a bit bigger as well. Who cares – they dont fall down & they comfie, thats all that interests me!! Im also thinking perhaps the over-estimation of my size should be noted under { THE GOOD } hmmm…

amerson_undies_100I would recommend these for a quick sew & I would try them again in an alternative fabric & perhaps with elastic to the insides, maybe with a lace trim.

Difficulty Rating ** (only because of the elastic problems & the CB/CF problem).

Thank you to Maddie of Madalynne for all her hard work on this pattern & of course, for making it available { FREE }. She made me smile earlier as she explains her attire for weekend cleaning! I had my wedding dress on a few weeks ago (before the ankle mishap) and my SIL looked puzzled/worried when I told her I had spent the afternoon in it. I dont do it often, if fact, its only been the 2nd or 3rd time Ive had the dress on since I was married in 2008 but I { LOVE } the super highway it puts me on straight back to my wedding day.

Thanks all for stopping by x

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{Wrap skirt – self drafted}

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I made this wrap skirt some time ago but unpacking boxes {JUST MOVED}, i rediscovered it & realised I should post this for any beginners looking for an easy skirt to start with.

It has to be the simplest skirt I have {EVER} made. no.word.of.a.lie…& I didnt even use a pattern. I simply cut a whack of triangular shaped panels, stitched them together until it wrapped around my hips (I cut 5 panels), cut some strips, sewed them together & then onto the skirt, cut a trim & sewed that on. {FINISHED}. I left the skirt unlined because I wear this on summer days over my cozzie or layered over another skirt. The fabric is not transparent or sheer so I dont have issues with wearing this as soft as possible, without lining.

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The fabric I used was part of an Indian Sari. Since a sari can measure anything from 6-9yards, there was {PLENTY} fabric left over for some more creativity later on.

The lime green was cut from the centre of the sari, the shocking pink ties were cut from the top end of the sari which would usually be used to make the accompanying under-blouse and the pink & gold trim at the bottom was cut from the side trim on the sari. very easy, very simple!

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This is an image of the panels. If anyone would like the dims I used, please feel free to ask. You can of course adjust the quantity of panels, length & fullness according to your requirements.

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All that is left to say is may 2013 hit you with more sewing inspiration than ever before. May you all be blessed & {HAPPY NEW YEAR}

Thanks for stopping by x

pattern review · sewing

{Vogue 8032 (A)}

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This has to be one of the easiest patterns I have ever used and yet I find it is so overlooked. I personally {adore} this pattern. Flattering, versatile and have I mentioned super easy??!! haha

Ive sewn this version many times due to the fact that its such a great basic wardrobe builder so one can style this alone for a summer day over shorts or jeans or you can glam it up for an evening out. I even wear this under a blazer with a work suit – in both the green or the polka dot!

The only advice I would give on this pattern is to follow the collar placement dots really carefully otherwise you will have gaping at the armholes. If you are going to turn the collar to the side, then make sure you check the fit well before stitching it all together. Perhaps play with the length of ties for a longer wrap which would also look great.

Recommended as a great starter pattern for beginners but advanced sewers will have fun with this too.

Click here to read my original review on the satin green version : http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/52450

or here to read my original review on the B&W polka dot version : http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/58157

Thank you for stopping by & merry christmas x

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